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Sharon studied classical singing and piano at the age of 8 years old and was cast in Puccini’s opera La Boheme (children’s ensemble, Pretoria State Theatre); the following year she was in The King and I (A child of the King of Siam, Pretoria State Theatre). Sharon entered several singing and piano eisteddfods winning gold and silver medals.

After completing her matric year as head girl, Sharon went on to study Dramatic Art at WITS with Honors, winning consecutive top performance awards including the top senior award for performance. Publicized In-training performances include lead roles in: Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago; Shakespeare’s The Tempest; Love, Crime and Johannesburg; and the musical, Once on this Island. Sharon’s professional projects began in children’s theatre performing, writing, producing, directing and composing music. 

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Professional credits include: Shakespeare’s Macbeth (witch); Iron Love (Annie Zeederberg) a new play based on the book with the same title which played at the National Grahamstown Arts Festival; Sun City’s extravaganza Let there be Rock (lead vocal); Fiddler on the Roof (ensemble, Joburg Theatre); Hairspray (Brenda, 1st cover Penny Pingleton, The Lyric Theatre); An Andrew Lloyd Webber UK production of Aspects of Love (Jenny Dillingham, Joburg Theatre); Grease (Frenchy and cover Rizzo, The Teatro Montecasino and world tour - David Ian productions);  Love, Loss and What I Wore - a comedy about the sentimental value of the clothes that women wear (Joburg, Cape Town); From the Mouths of Babes (co-written original piece produced by The Market Theatre, performed at The Market Theatre and The Baxter theatre, Cape Town) The Fugard Theatre’s The Rocky Horror Show (Janet, Pieter Toerien’s Theatre, Montecasino); I’m playing your song – The Marvin Hamlisch Story (Montecasino and Cape Town). The Dead Tinder Society a new South African comedy about cyber dating. Sharon played the lead character Jody Green which played in Joburg and Cape Town. Sharon also co-created Loving you – songs from the musicals which played at Sandton Theatre on the Square. Sharon then co-wrote a hit comedy and its sequel at the same venue called Locked Upside Down & Locked Upside Down and Inside out  which was a musical comedy review about two moms living lockdown life during the pandemic.

Sharon has received rave reviews across the board and was nominated for a South African Theatre Naledi award for Best Actress in a musical for her portrayal of several characters including Carly Simon and Barbra Streisand in I’m playing your song – The Marvin Hamlisch story. Also, the original creation of From the Mouths of Babes received two South African Theatre Naledi nominations. Sharon has also been nominated for her performances on the Broadway online awards. Sharon also received a standing ovation award for her written piece Zoom Room which played at the online Grahamstown arts festival. She also received a writing and directing Naledi nomination for a co-production of a play called Purimton.

Sharon’s International Canadian film projects: Inescapable and The Journey is the Destination

BBC TV projects: Origins and Our Girl Season 4 and Down the Zambezi

Local Television and Film credits: SABC 1’s Tempy Pushas (Justine Duval); Mzansi’s VULA VALA – The Score (Kerry, the Sports Sponsor)

Sharon played Despina Giannopoulos on SABC 3’s Bedford Wives which is currently also airing on Amazon Prime and on Netflix. She played Mrs Withersome on Mzansi's Entangled and a cameo in the movie Death of a Whistleblower. Sharon played Monique, a starring role in a Showmax original TV hit series, Tali's Joburg Diary and also played Raquelle in the crazy Netflix comedy movie Do Your Worst

Sharon was also proud to be a part of the acapella group HONEY which came 4th in SA’s Got Talent 2014. She is consistently working in corporate events and entertainment; industrial theatre; voice-over work; directing and writing school productions and teaching. 

She has two teachings diplomas (ATCL) from Trinity College London for Musical Theatre and Dramatic Art and also won the prestigious exhibitionist award for Dramatic Art for achieving the highest mark awarded by the Queen of England. She has also completed her Honors in Psychology with distinction.

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